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September 2005 Top Stories


»» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Additional Operations, Engineering, and Integration Work In Support of the Crew Launch Vehicle Project

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Additional Operations, Engineering, and Integration Work In Support of the Crew Launch Vehicle Project [Thursday, September 1, 2005] NASA/MSFC's Operations Integration Office has a requirement for additional operations, engineering, and integration work in support of the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) project.



»» SPACEHAB Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2005

SPACEHAB Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2005 [Tuesday, September 6, 2005] SPACEHAB, Incorporated, a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced financial results for its 2005 fiscal year and fourth quarter ended June 30, 2005.



»» International Launch Services To Boost Massive Satellite For DIRECTV On Proton

International Launch Services To Boost Massive Satellite For DIRECTV On Proton [Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Following the successful launch of the DIRECTV 8 satellite in May, DIRECTV has contracted with International Launch Services (ILS) for another mission on a Proton vehicle.



»» World's First Operational ''Spaceport'' for Private Space Launches to be Announced by New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson

World's First Operational ''Spaceport'' for Private Space Launches to be Announced by New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson [Tuesday, September 6, 2005] New Mexico's Governor, Bill Richardson, will announce tomorrow in Santa Fe the inaugural launch in a series of space launches to occur at the State's new Southwest Regional Spaceport.



»» Russia and Brazil discuss questions of the first Brazilian spaceman's flight

Russia and Brazil discuss questions of the first Brazilian spaceman's flight [Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Sergio Gaudensi, President of the Brazilian Space Agency and Victor Remishevsky, Deputy Head of Roscosmos held a meeting regarding the flight of Brazilian spaceman lieutenant colonel Marcus Pontes aboard Russian Soyuz to the ISS.



»» Millenium Space Agency Contract for eOSTEO is Advanced to Detailed Design Phase

Millenium Space Agency Contract for eOSTEO is Advanced to Detailed Design Phase [Tuesday, September 6, 2005] Millenium Biologix Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a key continuation of the initial Canadian Space Agency contract to develop an automated osteoporosis mini lab for space missions.



»» Arianespace to launch THAICOM 5

Arianespace to launch THAICOM 5 [Wednesday, September 7, 2005] The Thaicom 5 satellite launch contract was signed at World Satellite Business Week 2005 by Dr. Dumrong Kasemset, Executive Chairman of Shin Satellite Plc, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace.



»» NASA GSFC Solicitation: Seeking Offers for NASA TV's Public Information Digital Channel: Opportunity to Produce and Manage Programming

NASA GSFC Solicitation: Seeking Offers for NASA TV's Public Information Digital Channel: Opportunity to Produce and Manage Programming [Wednesday, September 7, 2005] NASA seeks an unfunded collaboration for creating, producing, and programming of broadcast quality television video products on NASA related topics; Aeronautics, Space, Science and Technology for NASA's new digital Public Information channel.



»» NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Reorganization

NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Reorganization [Thursday, September 8, 2005] Details of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) reorganization are now circulating at NASA Headquarters.



»» SpaceX Announces the Falcon 9 Fully Reusable Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle

SpaceX Announces the Falcon 9 Fully Reusable Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle [Friday, September 9, 2005] SpaceX today announced its new launch vehicle, the Falcon 9, an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) class vehicle. Falcon 9 is priced at $27 million per flight with a 12 ft (3.6 m) fairing and $35 million with a 17 ft fairing.



»» NASA Modifies Boeing International Space Station Contract

NASA Modifies Boeing International Space Station Contract [Sunday, September 11, 2005] NASA signed a $68.35 million modification to the International Space Station contract with Boeing. The modification provides a system to supply Station electrical power to docked Space Shuttles, enabling the Orbiter to stay longer at the complex.



»» Dartmouth researchers build world's smallest mobile robot

Dartmouth researchers build world's smallest mobile robot [Wednesday, September 14, 2005] In a world where "supersize" has entered the lexicon, there are some things getting smaller, like cell phones and laptops. Dartmouth researchers have contributed to the miniaturizing trend by creating the world's smallest untethered, controllable robot.



»» NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to Orbital Sciences Corp.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract to Orbital Sciences Corp. [Thursday, September 15, 2005] NASA has awarded a Small Class Acquisition contract to the Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va. The contract extends an existing NASA Launch Services (NLS) contract awarded in 1999.



»» NASA - How We'll Get Back to the Moon

NASA - How We'll Get Back to the Moon [Monday, September 19, 2005] NASA today announced the results of its Exploration Systems Architecture Study. By the end of the next decade astronauts will be back on the moon. The new crew vehicle will be shaped like an Apollo capsule, but it will be three times larger.



»» NASA Space Station Plan Good News for NewSpace Firms, Bad News for Cost-Plus Contractors

NASA Space Station Plan Good News for NewSpace Firms, Bad News for Cost-Plus Contractors [Tuesday, September 20, 2005] The Space Frontier Foundation strongly applauded NASA's plans to hire entrepreneurial companies to fly people and cargo to the International Space Station.



»» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Cost Collection and Modeling

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Cost Collection and Modeling [Tuesday, September 20, 2005] NASA/MSFC has a requirement to develop a cost model that parametrically evaluates the program acquisition cost (i.e. design, development, testing, evaluation, and production/recurring costs) of nuclear thermal propulsion systems.



»» Digging Moon Dirt is NASA's Fifth Centennial Challenge

Digging Moon Dirt is NASA's Fifth Centennial Challenge [Tuesday, September 20, 2005] NASA today announced the Regolith Excavation Challenge, a new Centennial Challenges prize competition that will award $250,000 to the winning team and has the potential to significantly contribute to the nation's space exploration goals.



»» Telenor Contracts with Orbital to Build THOR II-R Commercial Communications Satellite

Telenor Contracts with Orbital to Build THOR II-R Commercial Communications Satellite [Wednesday, September 21, 2005] Telenor ASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that they have signed a contract for the delivery of a new geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite.



»» Ariane 5 rolls out to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building for payload integration

Ariane 5 rolls out to the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building for payload integration [Wednesday, September 21, 2005] Preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission marked an important milestone today as the launcher was transferred from the integration building to the final assembly facility at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle Heatshield Ablator Material Screening and Advanced Development

NASA ARC Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle Heatshield Ablator Material Screening and Advanced Development [Thursday, September 22, 2005] NASA Ames is requesting vendors to propose relatively mature CEV heatshield TPS materials, heatshield TPS design and fabrication methodologies, and TPS attachment and integration approaches suitable for the environments consistent with Lunar Return.



»» NASA GRC Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle Propulsion Advanced Development

NASA GRC Solicitation: Crew Exploration Vehicle Propulsion Advanced Development [Friday, September 23, 2005] NASA/GRC plans to issue 8 Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for items/services related to the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Propulsion Advanced Development. Each of the draft RFPs will be posted individually on or about October 5, 2005.



»» Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, to Perform Research on the ISS for the European Space Agency

Space Adventures' Client, Greg Olsen, to Perform Research on the ISS for the European Space Agency [Monday, September 26, 2005] Space Adventures, Ltd today announced a science agreement with ESA, for a research program to be performed with Greg Olsen, Ph.D. who will visit the International Space Station next month.



»» Boeing Delta II Delivers First Modernized GPS Satellite to Orbit

Boeing Delta II Delivers First Modernized GPS Satellite to Orbit [Monday, September 26, 2005] A Boeing Delta II launch vehicle today successfully delivered the first of the modernized Block IIR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to space for the U.S. Air Force.



»» Alliance for Commercial Enterprises in Space Formed and October Forum Announced

Alliance for Commercial Enterprises in Space Formed and October Forum Announced [Monday, September 26, 2005] A team of pro-commercial space advocates has formed the Alliance for Commercial Enterprises in Space (ACES). Our goal is simple. We are organizing to break open the heavens for health and wealth on earth.



»» LiftPort Group, the Space Elevator Companies, Successfully Completes First Tests of Its Space Elevator Technology

LiftPort Group, the Space Elevator Companies, Successfully Completes First Tests of Its Space Elevator Technology [Tuesday, September 27, 2005] LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, has announced that it has successfully completed preliminary tests of its high altitude robotic lifters under its waiver to use airspace granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).



»» NASA Takes Google on Journey Into Space

NASA Takes Google on Journey Into Space [Wednesday, September 28, 2005] NASA Ames Research Center and Google Inc. today announced plans to collaborate on a number of technology-focused research-and-development activities that will couple some of Earth's most powerful technology resources.



»» Spaceward Foundation to hold the First Annual Space Elevator Competition October 21st, 2005 at NASA's Ames Research Center

Spaceward Foundation to hold the First Annual Space Elevator Competition October 21st, 2005 at NASA's Ames Research Center [Wednesday, September 28, 2005] Spaceward Foundation will be hosting the first Space Elevator Competition at the NASA Ames Research Center October 21st through the 23rd.



»» Spacehab Subsidiary Wins $4.9 million Contract

Spacehab Subsidiary Wins $4.9 million Contract [Thursday, September 29, 2005] Spacehab announced today that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary has been awarded a new contract by NASA/Kennedy Space Center to provide payload processing services from the Company’s high-tech facilities in Titusville, Florida.




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